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Mississippi River Mouth Must Be Abandoned to Save New Orleans from Next Hurricane

Extensive studies done after Katrina verified what lifelong residents of southeastern Louisiana already knew: Unless the rapidly disappearing wetlands are made healthy again, restoring the natural defense, New Orleans will soon lay naked against the sea.

Blooming Baltic Sea

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Agricultural and industrial run-off from European countries bordering the Baltic Sea also contributes excess nutrients. Nutrient loads to the Baltic have been decreasing since 1980 and coastal areas have seen improvement. Concentrations in the open sea, however, have not changed much.

Summerland Beach Oil Prompts Health Warning and Beach Closure, CA

News, Pollution

The decision to close Summerland Beach at this time was due to the volume of oil on the beach and sand, the nature of the oil (more liquid and mixed in the water and across sand as opposed to solid tar balls which are more easily avoidable) and intermittent strong petroleum odors at a level that may cause health effects.

Coastal Dune Restoration at Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore, California, has completed planning to continue coastal dune restoration to restore up to 600 acres of native dune habitat.

10 Islands Every Surfer Should Visit

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Some are warm, some are cold, all are extraordinary beautiful. A surfline slideshow.

Typhoon Goni Brushes the Philippines; Atsani to Skirt Japanese Islands


Twin typhoons Goni and Atsani are churning through the tropical western Pacific Ocean. One is beginning to affect the northern Philippines and Taiwan, and will also affect Japan’s Ryukyu Islands this weekend.

Examining the Fate of Fukushima Contaminants

An international research team reports results of a three-year study of sediment samples collected offshore from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The research aids in understanding what happens to Fukushima contaminants after they are buried on the seafloor off coastal Japan.

World Breaks New Heat Records in July: US Scientists

The world broke new heat records in July, marking the hottest month in history and the warmest first seven months of the year since modern record-keeping began in 1880.

Computer Models Show Significant Tsunami Strength for Ventura and Oxnard, California


According to their 3-D models, a magnitude 7.7 earthquake on faults located offshore Ventura would result in many parts of the regional coastline being inundated a few kilometers inland by a tsunami wave.

More Beaches Closed Due To Pollution

News, Pollution

A newly released annual report by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that beach closings due to bacterial contamination reached unusually high numbers last year for the second year in a row.

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